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23 march the role of network funders

  1. 1. NNF Peer Assist – Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Chris van Bergeijk & Kina Mahi, Network Funder Hawaii Community Foundation Bob Agres, Network Weaver Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development & the Ho‘owaiwai Network Balancing Emerging Network Impact & Desired Funder Outcomes
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>Introductions – Chris van Bergeijk & Kina Mahi and Bob Agres </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii Community Foundation – Network Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development – Ho‘owaiwai Network </li></ul><ul><li>Ho‘owaiwai Successes & Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Assist Questions & Brainstorming </li></ul>
  3. 3. HCF’s History of Network Funding <ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Matters, 2006 – 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Schools of the Future, 2009 – 2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Ho‘owaiwai Asset Building, 2010 and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult for a funder to cultivate a network from ground zero </li></ul><ul><li>Funder expectations and participant readiness must match up </li></ul><ul><li>Investing in network weavers has been a proven strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Trade-off between disbursed, shared leadership and efficiency </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Ho‘owaiwai ? <ul><li>Ho‘owaiwai is: </li></ul><ul><li>A Hawaiian word meaning “ to enrich ,” and whose root “wai” means “fresh water.” </li></ul><ul><li>In old Hawai‘i, water was wealth, everyone was responsible for its care, its abundance affected the livelihood of an entire village. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, a network of more than 240 organizations and individuals dedicated to asset building in Hawai‘i since 2004. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Asset Building ? <ul><li>Asset Building is a process that: </li></ul><ul><li>encourages people, especially low income individuals and those living in poverty, to accumulate, develop, and preserve all types of assets – financial knowledge, access to credit, savings and investment.  </li></ul><ul><li>allows for the development of human and social assets – personal determination, knowledge and skill building, and community networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Asset building is important, since assets are essential to: </li></ul><ul><li>financial security in difficult times – dignity of choice and control </li></ul><ul><li>economic opportunities for self and family – realization of human potential </li></ul><ul><li>leave a legacy for future generations – reduction of the cycle of poverty </li></ul>
  6. 6. Network Context: Why Ho‘owaiwai ? A network to advance the asset building movement in Hawaii
  7. 7. Network Context: Life Cycle of Ho‘owaiwai Though it hasn’t followed a linear path, Ho‘owaiwai is now in an organization mode moving toward growth.
  8. 8. Network Context: The Ho‘owaiwai Picture Ho‘owaiwai has been moving down the scale to decentralized network, bringing up questions of future structure/governance models.
  9. 9. Network Context: HCF’s role in Ho‘owaiwai HCF’s role has been primarily as sponsor & participant. As Ho‘owaiwai continues, HCF will look to evaluate network impact and tangible outcomes.
  10. 10. Ho‘owaiwai Network Successes <ul><li>Longevity – since 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Diversity – active participation from all islands, counties </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Momentum of regional island/county efforts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawaii Island Network & Cities for Financial Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging Kauai Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projects & Accomplishments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making Work Pay - VITA , EITC, tax policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing Financial Education - public awareness, schools, workplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Removing Disincentives & Helping Protect Assets - asset limits, predatory lending, insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping People Save - IDAs, child savings accounts , retirement, education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help People Start Businesses - microenterprise, community lending, training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help People Become Homeowners - government matches and grants, employee assistance </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Ho‘owaiwai Network Challenges <ul><li>Engaging participants consistently & continuously </li></ul><ul><li>Aligning member needs </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating asset building into member organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating the difficult “asset building” concept </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing ongoing funding challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Trying no-cost/low-cost models </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing funder desire to achieve tangible results in given time frame </li></ul>
  12. 12. Peer Assist Questions <ul><li>Given the successes & challenges of Ho‘owaiwai, how might HCF approach understanding impact in a way that fulfills both the network’s needs and foundation’s needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the implications for the role that HCF might play in the network? Specifically: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to determine time frame/duration of commitment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When are we an active participant or a bystander? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do our roles and approaches change over time? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Reactions to Peer Ideas? <ul><li>Network weaver check-in: Bob’s assessment of thoughts offered on funder roles for Ho‘owaiwai </li></ul><ul><li>Network funder check-in: Chris’ thoughts on how HCF might incorporate ideas offered </li></ul>